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St. Paul, MN – January 7, 2018 – Planting People Growing Justice, LLC  (PPGJ) founder, Dr. Artika Tyner, announced that the organization has been selected to be part of GetLifted, a new initiative designed to help individuals create lasting financial wellness.

“Being named a GetLifted organization has provided us with the opportunity to promote financial inclusion through education and community engagement,” said Tyner. “We’re excited about the project. Our mission is to plant seeds of social change through education, training and community outreach. We’ll be hosting financial literacy workshops throughout the year.”

GetLifted seeks to reduce the shame and stigma of personal debt that exists in the North Side of Minneapolis and the East Side of St. Paul. These communities have seen significant disinvestment. The organization is collaborating with a diverse range of individuals and companies that are committed to neighborhood revitalization and empowering communities with financial capability.

The organization’s goal is to reach more than 2,500 community members, a goal that is being made possible through funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation. GetLifted is partnering with LSS Financial Counseling to provide financial education to individuals and local organizations.

The training focuses on budgeting, reducing debt and building assets, building a good credit score, and protecting against identity theft and consumer scams. Upon completion of their training, participants will share their new financial knowledge and skills with others within the community to help find solutions to financial distress.

The GetLifted initiative for financial literacy comes at a time when two-thirds of Americans can’t pass a basic financial literacy test. That inability affects individuals in multiple ways. They don’t know how to create a budget and often take on more financial risk than they can handle at interest rates they can’t afford. Those particularly affected are African-Americans, Hispanics, women, Millennials and those who lack financial skills.

The goals of PPGJ are well-aligned with those of GetLifted. PPGJ is committed to empowering people and providing them with the skills and resources needed to succeed in life through a variety of community outreach programs. As the founder of PPGJ, Tyner is a passionate advocate for activating the leadership qualities in everyone and creating lasting change in communities for the benefit and betterment of all. To enroll in an upcoming workshop, please send an email to: plantingpeoplegrowingjustice@gmail.com

 

 

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